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NIA probing IM suspect Maqbool's meeting with Nellore jail prisoner


Preeti Singh,CNN-IBN
Feb 24, 2013 at 12:12pm IST

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Hyderabad: Even as the investigations continue into the twin blasts in Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad, sources confirm that Indian Mujahideen suspect Syed Maqbool met a high security prisoner in Nellore jail just months before his arrest by the Delhi Police in October 2012. The NIA is now acting upon the lead and is interrogating prisoner Feroze Khan.

The police are also scanning jail records to see who all visited key prisoners in the city jails in the recent past.

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Meanwhile, a team of the NIA has reached Bihar as it hunts for the suspects. Three suspects had been identified in the immediate aftermath of the blasts and they were said to belong to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Sources said that the NIA was focusing on the Indian Mujahideen modules in these three states as the blasts carried the fingerprint of the terrorist group. IM member Yaseen Bhatkal is also on the radar of the NIA.

The Home Minister has, meanwhile, set aside Rs 450 crore for the revamping of the CCTV circuit in Hyderabad.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the city on Sunday at 11.00 am. He reached the blast sites along with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. He is expected to visit the hospital where the injured are being treated.

Meanwhile, the police are scanning the CCTV footage for more clues. Five men were seen moving about on cycles just ahead of the blasts. The police are trying to verify their identities. The probe has now revealed that the cycles that were used to plant the bombs were rented from local shops. Sources also say that the ammonium nitrate that was found in the bombs too was procured locally.

Sixteen people were killed and 117 injured when two blasts ripped throw the crowded market area at Dilsukh Nagar. The two explosions took place near Venkatadri and Konark movie theatres. According to the police one bomb may have been placed on a cycle and the other was put inside a tiffin box.

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